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newsrel -- Dunbar Armored pays $36,375 for clean-air violations

Posted: 30 Oct 2008 13:31:21
Security company failed to inspect diesel vehicles. Release
October 30, 2008						       

Gennet Paauwe	 							   (916) 322-2990

Dunbar Armored pays $36,375 for clean-air violations

Security company failed to inspect diesel vehicles

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board this month fined
security company Dunbar Armored, based in Hunt Valley, Md.,
$36,375 for diesel truck emission violations at numerous
locations in the Bay Area and Southern California.

ARB investigators found that Dunbar Armored failed to inspect
its diesel truck fleet between 2006-2007 at its Los Angeles,
Ontario, San Diego, San Francisco and Cerritos facilities. The
law requires annual smoke tests for diesel truck fleets and, in
conjunction with ARB’s roadside smoke inspection program,
ensures that all vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free
and free from excessive smoke.

“These routine inspections ensure that diesel trucks remain
clean," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Companies that break
the law will be held accountable and should also carry the
burden of putting public health at risk."

Dunbar Armored must comply with the following:
•	Guarantee employees attend a mandatory diesel education and
technology class within one year;	
•	Place emission control labels on all heavy-duty vehicles and
bring them up to federal emission standards;
•	Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state's idling
•	Revise truck engine software with the latest Low-NOx
programming; and,
•	Provide documentation to ARB that the inspections are being
carried out for the next four years. 

ARB will place $27,281.25 into the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, used to conduct air pollution research, fund
programs to reduce emissions and educate the public on pollution
prevention. The Peralta Community College District will receive
$4,546.88 to fund diesel education classes, with the remaining $
4,546.87 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.

A decade ago, the ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a
toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health.
Exposure to unsafe levels of diesel emissions can increase the
risk of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.
California has aggressively worked to cut diesel emissions by
cleaning up diesel fuel, requiring cleaner engines for trucks,
buses and off-road equipment, and limiting unnecessary idling.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency.  ARB’s mission is to promote
and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources
through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing
and considering effects on the economy.  The ARB oversees all
air pollution control efforts in California to attain and
maintain health based air quality standards.


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